JAWA FC and Iguanas duel to draw
Back and forth game ends 2-2Updated Thursday June 30, 2016 by Eric Thompson.
Iguanas finished their three-game home stand against the only team that has defeated them in 2016, JAWA FC. And early on it looked like there was going to be a repeat of the season opener.
JAWA FC controlled the ball early and often, dominating possession with patient passing across the field. Iguanas would try quick counters with long balls when finally getting control but JAWA's defense was quick to drop back and snuff out any threat. The visitors struck first at the midway point of the first half after a corner kick couldn't be properly cleared out by Iguanas. A JAWA player gathered the ball at the top of the penalty area and found the lower left corner of the net to give his team a 1-0 lead.
The goal seemed to wake Iguanas up and they started to play much better at the end of the first half. It looked like they were poised to equalize after Josh Hanson was taken down in the box resulting in a penalty kick. Hanson took the PK and slotted the ball home, but the goal was called back due to Brian Pearson crossing into the box when Hanson hesitated in his run up. Hanson's second effort was stopped by the keeper and JAWA retained the lead. Iguanas had a couple close calls before halftime but couldn't capitalize. For the fifth time in eight games this season, Iguanas trailed at halftime.
But once again Iguanas answered in the second half. Early on in the half, Joe Wieland sent in a free kick from around midfield that a JAWA FC defender misjudged. The ball ended up right at the feet of Kevin Bonnema, who calmly put away his open shot to tie the game.
While JAWA FC had a couple runs at the goal that were turned away by keeper George Scheunemann and the defense, Iguanas were dictating the run of play and creating the better chances. With about 20 minutes remaining, Sil Chiriac sent a pinpoint cross to the feet of Jeremy Winter. The young midfielder made a quick move around his defender and absolutely rifled a shot past the helpless keeper to give Iguanas a 2-1 lead.
Another week, and other come from behind Iguanas victory? Not quite. JAWA FC pushed forward in numbers and were able to send in a quick cross from the left side. A JAWA forward slipped his marker and hammered a one-time shot home to even the score with only handful of minutes remaining.
Both teams had one last opportunity to find a late winner, but neither did and the game ended in a 2-2 draw. Iguanas remain at the top of the table by the single point they earned, heading into the 4th of July break with a 5-1-2 record. After the break Iguanas visit Dunesday, a team they also tied 2-2 earlier this season.